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Virginia Allen Jensen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-43

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts and notes related to several books translated from Danish by Virginia Allen Jensen, an unidentified typescript written in Danish, and a mock-up for a touch-and-feel style children's book called "Little Rough and Little Smooth," that appears to have never been published in that form, although Jensen published similar titles for blind children.


  • 1968-1972, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Virginia Allen Jensen was born September 21, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Bennington College in 1950 and did graduate work at the University of Minnesota. She began writing children's books in the 1950s and published her first book, Lars Peter's Birthdayin 1959. In the 1960s she also a began to translate Danish language children's books into English; her first translated work was Ib Spang Olsen's The Marsh Crone's Brew, published in 1960. She has also written books for blind children, using texture and shape. Jensen died in 2014.

Biographical source: "Virginia Allen Jensen (1927-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 8. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1976.


5 folders

Language of Materials




Virginia Allen Jensen's papers focus on her work both as author and translator of children's books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Virginia Allen Jensen

Virginia Allen Jensen Papers, 1968-1972, undated
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • August 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library